RAF Voyager and B-52 fighter jets in action over the Midlands


Warplanes including US B-52s and the huge RAF Voyager were busy in the skies of the Midlands yesterday morning (April 5). Two US B-52 Stratofortresses were captured in a video traveling together through Cirencester towards south Worcestershire and Warwickshire at 9am.

Around the same time, an RAF Voyager – known as the “sky tanker” because of its aerial refueling of military aircraft during flights – was crossing Shropshire and the Black Country, reports Birmingham Live.

The flight path of Royal Air Force Voyager ZZ332 showed it flying a route over Wolverhampton and over Brownhills before 9 a.m. before passing Burntwood and Lichfield.

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It was traveling at the equivalent of 470 miles an hour, so residents would be forgiven for missing it at the end of the morning rush hour.

The Voyager, which has a VIP version used to take Prince William and his wife Catherine on overseas trips, is fitted with two underwing pods to refuel fast jets.

Voyager passed over areas outside Birmingham, but the RAF reports it is currently based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. The RAF said the fighter jet also has the capacity to hold bulk cargo in its lower fuselage hold and carry up to 40 stretchers and three intensive care patients if needed.

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The two B-52s were spotted over Perrotts Brook after departing from their current base at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire as they continue to support NATO allies in Europe. Flight trackers showed them traveling at an altitude of 12,000 feet and at a speed of just over 400 miles per hour.

The B-52s first flew directly north over the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire to south Worcestershire before heading east and traveling near Evesham, Broadway and Shipston on Stour. Locals and keen aircraft observers reportedly heard the two US heavy fighter jets before seeing them emerge close together.

Tom Wade, who spotted the B-52s and captured them on video, said: “I heard a couple go by but the weather recently made visibility impossible to see them. I managed to spot these two- there over Perrotts Brook at 9 a.m. yet this morning.”

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